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Release Date: 4th January 2019 / Publisher: Thornhill Print

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

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Jewellery designer, Isla Ashton is left a Caribbean island in her estranged aunt’s estate following her death.  Pearl Island is where Isla grew up, but also holds painful memories for her revolving around her childhood friend, Leo.  Isla and Leo’s relationship was why she hadn’t seen her Aunt Kate for so long, but now she is back there tying up her affairs and she begins to wonder what really  happened that night 10 years ago.

I was initially drawn to this book because of the beautifully sunny cover!  The colours immediately filled me with a warm glow, who couldn’t have wanted to read it after that!  I’ve never been to the Caribbean, but after reading this book I certainly want to and I can already picture what it’s like from the vivid descriptions given.  Pearl Island sounds absolutely beautiful, both in name and in description! 

The story is told from Isla and Leo’s point of view and also from Aunt Kate’s diaries from years before.  The story was well written and it flowed well, reeling me in from the first few chapters.  I loved reliving what happened all those years before and also loved reading about Isla and Leo’s views about what happened also.  Isla was also a great character and I really warmed to her. 

This really wasn’t the type of book I thought it was going to be.  The cover gave me the impression of a light-hearted romance book, but it was definitely more than that.  There was a mixture of romance, mystery and intrigue throughout the whole book and it was perfectly balanced to create a storyline which kept me interested right through to the end.  An exciting and compelling book by an author which I hadn’t read anything from before.  This may have been my first book, but it certainly won’t be my last. 

The Author

Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

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